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Identify Sources

Indentify Sources

Confused about choosing the right book or article? Here's help in sorting out which potential sources will provide answers your research question.
Simply Defined
Almanac--a book of dates, facts, statistics
Atlas--a collection of maps
Database--a file of digitized information accessible online
Dictionary--very brief explanation of terms
Encyclopedia-- summary information on a variety of topics
Journal--a periodical of current research
Magazine--a popular interest periodical  
Periodical--serial publication including journals & magazines 
Primary Source-- document or record containing first hand information or data
Secondary Source--a work summarizing, analyzing, or evalu-ating a primary source
Tertiary Source-- a work based solely on secondary sources 
Thesaurus--a book of synonyms